Meet The Team

Our Story Pot Booksellers

Zillah Smart - Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Zillah Smart - Dunstable, Bedfordshire

I have two young boys who helped me rediscover my love of children's books. We read to them every day so it's important for us to have books that inspire their imagination and creativity. As a family we enjoy spending time outside and dream of travelling more in the future. I can't wait to share with you some truly beautiful children's books whilst also supporting smaller publishers.

Claire Harris-Ward - Woburn and Milton Keynes

As a lover of books, which developed through my childhood and has stayed with me ever since, I was keen to encourage a similar love of books in children. The Story Pot appealed to me due to the small and unusual publishers that they buy from. The art work is always stunning in a Story Pot book and the stories not always as you expect. Both these things help develop creative and critical thinking in children and challenge the norm.

Clare Harris-Ward - Woburn and Milton Keynes

Laura Blowers - South Lincolnshire

I am a mum to four children and have always had a love for reading and stories. The Story Pot is giving me access to beautiful books that I can share with my own children as well as with the local community. I love doing craft activities inspired by the stories from The Story Pot.


Ruth Humphreys - Berkshire

Hi I'm Ruth. I'm a storyteller and former children's librarian. I am passionate about children's books and stories and believe that every child should be able to read and hear stories which reflect their lives and the beautiful diverse world around we all live in. Stories should hold positive, affirming messages to encourage self belief, living in cooperation and peace with others, encourage imagination and creativity. The titles that feature in The Story Pot reflect this and there are so many wonderful titles that I can't wait to share them with you!

I live in Berkshire and when I'm not storytelling love to doodle, sing, play the piano and spend time in nature. Not all at the same time!

Lauren - Derbyshire

We’re so lucky to have such a wonderful Merchandise Buyer as part of our staff. When Ash Marcus joined us, we knew we made a terrific staffing decision, and we haven’t been disappointed since.


Kerri Deboo - Peterborough

My Mum says that I always had a book in my hand, even before I could walk.
I’m a true believe in the Dr Seuss quote; ‘The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go’
I’m a passionate reader and early years educator, and now that I have my own young family, I want to continue inspiring children and young people with the world of books and reading.
I’ve been a customer of the Story Pot for a couple of years; I love the quality and uniqueness of the books that we sell, and I can’t wait to share them with you!


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